Luke 11:1 He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
The word for today is prayer. None of us, by ourselves, pray as we ought. There are several obstacles:
But here is the good news, something we can see right in our text. When the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray, they really don’t ask for the right reason – they ask to keep up with the Jones, or in this case, the disciples of John the Baptist. Although they ask for the wrong reason, he answers their prayer. Normally you wouldn’t expect that, but that is the great secret – just how much God loves us and how much he desires to do for us – which we summarize by talking about how he gave his son to die for us – that’s how much God loves us.
Our text concludes with the words:
Luke 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
And that is why prayer is not impossible, because God has not left us on our own, but in bring us to faith, he has also given us a gift, the holy spirit which dwells in our hearts, and because of the holy spirit, which is a gift of God, we can pray, even if we do not know the right words, the spirit intercedes for us – that’s how much God loves us
And this is the same spirit who guides us in the study of God’s word – you see, it is through the Word that God speaks to us, it is the rest of what prayer is all about – not our talking but our listening as God speaks to our hearts through the Spirit.